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Hey y'all. Just a quick update to let you know I can't take fiber art commissions for a while. I gotta focus on things a little closer to home. I need to be able to walk away from the internet for weeks at a time without pissing people off, and that means not making new commitments.

Don't worry, nobody's dead, the zombie apocalypse hasn't started, I'm just shifting my priorities. I'll be around off and on, I just can't say when.

Take care!
I'm opening up four commission slots, get 'em while they're hot! I can do custom-dyed spinning fiber, handspun yarn, and snuzzly knitwear. Just drop me a DA note!

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PRICES:
I'm afraid it's not easy to come up with a simple price scale, given all the variables involved. But this should give you a general idea:

HANDSPUN YARN:
Are you crafty? Ever worked with handspun before? Oooh it's a whole new world. You gotta try it. I will custom dye and spin the yarn of your dreams, and darlings, I am GOOD at this. Anything from cobweb lace to super-bulky, from simple sock yarn to one-of-a-kind art yarn plied with beads and ribbons. I usually hand-dye the fiber before spinning for cool effects -- heathered, marbled, self-striping, gradient, marled, barber-pole -- but I can also dye a spun skein for that almost-solid kettle-dye effect, or hand-paint it for a variegated look.

Here's a rough estimate of the cost per 50g skein (in general, you need one of those for a hat, two for a pair of socks, six to ten for a sweater):

100% wool, wool/mohair blend, superwash wool, superwash wool/nylon blend: $10

100% merino, merino/wool blend, superwash merino, superwash merino/nylon blend: $12

wool/silk, merino/silk, more than two fibers in a blend: $14

art yarn (beads, metallic thread, ribbon, felt bobbles, etc.): $26

Notes: The wool/mohair blend is in the $10 category right now because I got an incredible deal from a supplier; it may get more expensive later. No 'blend' fiber can be done as a gradient color; the technique just doesn't work with the carder I use to blend the fibers.

KNITTING

The price of knitted items is in addition to the base cost of the yarn; I can make things from my handspun, or I can buy yarn to match your specs. If you want commercial yarn, your color choices might be somewhat limited, and it might end up being more expensive than the handspun. In general, cotton is cheap, wool is middling, silk is pricey.

Hat: 1 skein + $10
Scarf: 2 skeins + $20
Extra long scarf: 3 skeins + $30
Cowl: 2 skeins + $20
Arm warmers: 1 skein + $10
Mittens: 1 skein + $10
Gloves: 1 skein + $20
Socks: 2 skeins + $20

Notes: I have to charge for each skein I need to buy or make, so a multicolored pattern might be more expensive. Fair Isle, intarsia, cables, and complex pattern stitches are more work, so I'd have to charge more. With handspun or especially nice commercial yarns, I suggest we keep it simple so the yarn can strut its stuff.

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Because handcrafting takes time, I'm only opening four commission slots at a go. Note me if you want one! (Or just if you have questions; I'll only put you in a slot once you're sure you want to commission something, so don't fear overcommitting. ^_^)

1. Poncho for meaikoh
2. Hat and armwarmers for LaughingAstarael done!
3. yarmulke for The-Ice-Syrin done!
4.
  • Listening to: Primus, Fish On
  • Playing: silly buggers
  • Drinking: an entire pot of coffee
I'm entering the dAKnitters 'Knitting on a Budget' contest, and the rules ask that I mention it in my journal, so here's the contest, and here's my entry. If you like fiber arts, go make votings! Only vote for me if you think I rock the mostest, dolls. There are some seriously awesome craftsmen/women in that community, and I am probably not the awesomest. :D

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In other news, I'm nearly done with the commission knitting. I'll be posting pics of the hats later today, I reckon. Only the gloves left to finish, and just the sewing-up there. One thing about getting a bastard of a head cold, once I was past the 'too sick to knit' stage, I had plenty of time to do nothing BUT knit. Well, and watch movies. Hellboy 2 was shockingly awesome, The Hulk was actually pretty dang good thanks to good old Ed Norton and a nicely understated script... um... and I watched a million episodes of Naruto too, shaddap, I was on NyQuil. ;p

And yes, my dears, I washed off the germies before packing up your hats. I'll be sending them as soon as I feel walking to the mailing store wouldn't result in me plus hats head down in the gutter, gurgling softly. The comedy value of that event would not, I think, justify having to remake the hats. :D
  • Listening to: Michael Hedges
  • Eating: cough drops and vitamins
  • Drinking: gallons of lemon tea
EDIT: Slots are all full for now, my loves. I'll update this entry when I open up again, so if you watch my journals you'll get a heads-up. Thanks so much!

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Righto, time to pimp my mad sticks-and-string skillz again! Y'all know you want this snuzzly goodness. Just drop me a DA note!

See some of my work here!

I'm afraid it's not easy to come up with a simple price scale, given all the variables involved. But this should give you a general idea:

HANDSPUN YARN:
Are you crafty? Ever worked with handspun before? Oooh it's a whole new world. You gotta try it. I will custom dye and spin the yarn of your dreams, and darlings, I am GOOD at this. Anything from cobweb lace to super-bulky, from simple sock yarn to one-of-a-kind art yarn plied with beads and ribbons. I usually hand-dye the fiber before spinning for cool effects -- heathered, marbled, self-striping, gradient, marled, barber-pole -- but I can also dye a spun skein for that almost-solid kettle-dye effect, or hand-paint it for a variegated look.

Here's a rough estimate of the cost per 50g skein (in general, you need one of those for a hat, two for a pair of socks, six to ten for a sweater):

100% wool, wool/mohair blend, superwash wool, superwash wool/nylon blend: $10

100% merino, merino/wool blend, superwash merino, superwash merino/nylon blend: $12

wool/silk, merino/silk, more than two fibers in a blend: $14

art yarn (beads, metallic thread, ribbon, felt bobbles, etc.): $26

Notes: The wool/mohair blend is in the $10 category right now because I got an incredible deal from a supplier; it may get more expensive later. No 'blend' fiber can be done as a gradient color; the technique just doesn't work with the carder I use to blend the fibers.

KNITTING

The price of knitted items is in addition to the base cost of the yarn; I can make things from my handspun, or I can buy yarn to match your specs. If you want commercial yarn, your color choices might be somewhat limited, and it might end up being more expensive than the handspun. In general, cotton is cheap, wool is middling, silk is pricey.

Hat: 1 skein + $10
Scarf: 2 skeins + $20
Extra long scarf: 3 skeins + $30
Cowl: 2 skeins + $20
Arm warmers: 1 skein + $10
Mittens: 1 skein + $10
Gloves: 1 skein + $20
Socks: 2 skeins + $20

Notes: I have to charge for each skein I need to buy or make, so a multicolored pattern might be more expensive. Fair Isle, intarsia, cables, and complex pattern stitches are more work, so I'd have to charge more. With handspun or especially nice commercial yarns, I suggest we keep it simple so the yarn can strut its stuff.

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Because handcrafting takes time, I'm only opening four commission slots at a go. Note me if you want one! (Or just if you have questions; I'll only put you in a slot once you're sure you want to commission something, so don't fear overcommitting. ^_^)

1: hat for bluemarigolds
2: gloves for the-myeerah
3: yarn for Alet sent!
4: arm warmers for bluecanariel sent!
5. arm warmers for Wijiic sent!
6. hat for Sychaeus

(Heh, got three requests at the same time for that last slot, so I opened up a couple extras this time. They're all relatively fast projects, so I don't think it'll be a problem.)
  • Listening to: The Clash, Police On My Back
  • Playing: with string!
The new chapter is up! Thanks for waiting so patiently, darlings. I know it took us a long time. I was pleasantly surprised how few people got cranky about waiting. (To those who did: you get what you pay for, sweetie. :D) After a short break for storyboarding, we'll be going back to weekly updates now. I do think doing the whole chapter at once improved the quality, but it also created a lot of pressure and suspense, which was kinda stressful. Hopefully doing a detailed storyboard before starting the next chapter will allow us to keep some of the improvement in artistic continuity without making y'all wait for months and months. ^_^

Oh, quick edit -- I just realized I never mentioned on my DA that I now have a Fictionpress account. I'm Jumping Jack Flash. I've put up pretty much everything I ever wrote that wasn't, you know, buttwipe fodder. So if you like my writey, go take a gander: www.fictionpress.com/~jumpingj…
  • Listening to: Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child
  • Drinking: Java Monster Russian
The long-awaited third volume of 'Go Down Swinging' is now available! The adventures of Gibb and Bai continue! And when I say 'adventures', I mean 'criminal recklessness and very tight pants'. Get your copy here!

Ooh, and if you're not aware of this collaborative series melukilan and I are doing, you're in for a treat. I'm not a bad writer, yaknow, and she's one hell of an artist. This is good stuff. We're so proud of ourselves we keep making squeaky noises and bouncing. Like guinea pigs!
C&P from this thread forum.deviantart.com/devart/ad… which, I'm quite certain, no one is reading. Mainly because it's a pain to find it again, and it gripes me if I don't know where I wrote stuff.

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I used to subscribe. During the time I was a subscriber, I noticed a steadily worsening attitude of disrespect toward the user base, and decided to hold off on re-subscribing until I saw where it was going. While I watched, the ads got more and more intrusive, the staff got more inaccessible/defensive, and I became less and less interested in subscribing.

Now the site is basically unusable. Clicking, beeping, flashing, gyrating, epilepsy-inducing scam ads are clearly more valuable to the site owners than any user's art. I will not be subscribing unless this crap gets cleaned up. I can afford a subscription, gift subscriptions for my friends, and plenty of the ugly pseudo-hip merchandise you're shilling as well -- but you're not getting a goddamn cent from me to subsidize turning what used to be an art gallery into a gallery of wet t-shirts, free ringtones, and fake Windows error messages that dance and sing.

There are sites where I click on the ads, by the way. Ravelry comes to mind; their ads are screened for content, relevance, and general annoyingness, and the result is that I often check them out and bookmark the destinations for shopping. But here? I have NEVER clicked an ad, and I've frequently had to stop browsing the site altogether because the ads were just. Too. Bloody. Irritating.

DA used to be fun, exciting, professional, and inspiring.

DA is now tacky, cheap, cheezy, flashy, and annoying.

If anyone who has the power to do jack about jack is reading this thread, remember that for every customer who complains, there's a thousand who just silently walk away. Are subscription renewals down? You might want to check...

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Since the idea of knitting commissions got lotsa smiles from y'all, here's an info sheet about how it works.

Pricing

I decide my prices by figuring the yarn cost, then adding $2 an hour, and a couple bucks for shipping. If you're outside North America, I'll ask you to add an extra $5 for shipping. (Of course, with a large item, that wouldn't be enough shipping, and we'd have to figure it out for that item, but for stuff like armsocks and hats it's enough.)

A note about color patterns: Due to the nature of knitting, any pattern which has more than one color on the same row is going to take more yarn and time than a plain or striped pattern. Geometric patterns look better than rounded patterns. If you have an idea and you're not sure whether it'll work, ask me and we'll figure it out. :)

My skill level

I'm experienced and confident with hats, armsocks, scarves, and afghans/blankets. I'm game to take on mittens, gloves, and socks, but I just haven't made that many, so I can't guarantee awesome just yet. As for sweaters, in general I wouldn't advise ordering a hand-knitted sweater over the internet; it's just too hard to get a good fit without the wearer present.

Allergens

My house is smoke-free (I go outside to indulge my filthy habit :D), but I do have pets. Although I try to keep the critters out of the yarn stash, if you're allergic to cats or dogs you might want to give it a miss.

How to order

Send me a DA note, telling me as much as you know about what you want. Color, texture, what kind of fiber, any particular features you'd like. Anything you're not sure about, we can figure out together. I'll ask you for the relevant measurements; for instance, for a hat, I need the circumference of your head, and for armsocks I need the circumference of your forearm. If the yarn you want is one I haven't worked with recently, I may have to check local availability and price and get back to you.

Once we've got it worked out, I'll tell you the price. You can use paypal to send the money to whip (at) plethora (dot) net, or I can give you a snailmail address. Be sure the mailing address you give me is correct!

How long it takes

I'm a pretty fast knitter, but knitting is an inherently slow medium. There's really no such thing as a rush order with custom knitting. A small item like a pair of armsocks or a hat, I can usually get done in under a week; something really big like a couch throw might take months.

Questions?

Feel free to comment here or send me a note! :)
I'm still crazy about ze knittings. They are the delicious. The long, dark winters hereabouts are quite tolerable when I spend my time playing with soft fuzzy yarn. I've been working on a sweater jacket for Seebs, with occasional pauses to knit armsocks for various folks who request them.

It occurs to me, considering how awful much I like knitting, and how I can't afford to just go buy a crapload of yarn and make presents for everyone I know, perhaps I should take knitting commissions. That is, rather than just including a sorta "I could make another one if you want it" clause when I post something I've made, I could knit things to order.

I can do hats, scarves, and armsocks with great confidence. (And afghans/blankets, but I doubt anyone would want to pay what I'd have to charge.) Mittens, gloves, and socks, I'd have to practice a bit, but I wouldn't mind the excuse. As for sweaters, I'd be pretty skeptical of trying to do those over the net; I'm not all that well-practiced at them, and there'd be no way to ensure a good fit anyway.

So... good idea, bad idea? I'd love to hear what you guys think.
I haven't been doing much drawing these past couple months. Cold weather always makes me want to make stuff. Warm stuff, ideally. When I was a kid, it made me crave to chop firewood -- which made my dad happy, since it meant he didn't have to do it -- but since moving out of my folks' place I haven't had a fireplace, so the urge sorta transmigrated into textile arts.

I read somewhere that in Iceland, once upon a time, a man wasn't considered fit to marry until he could make a pair of socks in one day. Or was that Norway? Fortunately Seebs isn't that picky; I'm not a fast knitter, and I still can't turn a heel worth a damn. You want scarves or afghans, though, I'm your guy. I've made lots and lots of those. It finally occurred to me to start posting them on DA when I finish them. Since I've got a fair number of projects going, you can exect to see at least a few of them. I'm too vain to post the ones that don't turn out. :D
Finally posted something new. Please don't die of shock.
Finally got around to uploading some more stuff. I'm just going through the folder alphabetically, so there's old and new mixed together.
Yeah, I know, I've been neglecting to upload all my old crap. It's just so tedious when you have to go through the process a zillion times in a row. Here's a handful more, anyway, and I'll get back to it again... well, when I feel like it, I guess.
It's taking me a while to get everything back up. I had a lotta lotta pics up here. I'm uploading things alphabetically by file name, because any other method is just too much of a pain in the ass. That means there are some new things interspersed with the old. So if you find something that looks like ass right after something that looks pretty good, recognize that the pic I uploaded later may well have been drawn several years earlier.

I can't answer every comment, or even most of them. I read and groove on every one, though. To all the ones I can't answer, please consider yourself hugged. ^_^
Well, DA's submission agreement still gives me the huhs, but my private gallery was basically a wash. I know it probably sounds cynical, but... well, DA gets me publicity. Since I'm trying desperately to make a living with my art and comics, I need that publicity.

So here I am again! I'll be re-uploading my stuff, in no particular order. Unfortunately, I've lost all the comments, as well as whatever notes I wrote on the piece.

Publicity (and my forthcoming shameless attempts to convince folks to give me their tasty moneys) aside, I'm looking forward to hearing from people here again. I've been around faving fanart and looking at people's stuff all this time, but it's still different when my own stuff is up too. ^_^

Cheers!

Edit: DA is bogged like whoa, so it'll probably take me days and days to get all my junk back up. Thanks for bearing with me. :)
My artwork has moved here:

Chartreuse's Artings

You can find all the same pictures there, and that's where I'll be uploading the new ones. Unfortunately, in removing my art from DA, I'll be losing all your wonderful comments. Maybe you'd see fit to leave a few on the new gallery, just as a sort of housewarming? ^_^

I'm now using this account only for adding favorites, particularly fanart. I'll always fave fanart! If you've posted some fanart or fanfic or suchlike, you can ensure I'll see it by posting it in my LJ community, Riverside HQ. You could also drop me a Deviant Note about it, but I don't check those nearly as often, and the interface occasionally causes me to delete things by accident. I'm de-watching nearly everyone but stock photo accounts, since I won't be visiting here very frequently. So posting in the LJ community is the best way.

Thanks for all the fun, and I'll see you over at RHQ and my new gallery!

Hearts,
Jesse
Well, I talked to my lawyer friend. He said the submission agreement is so poorly worded that it could be taken to mean any number of things, and that one wouldn't know for sure what rights were being signed over unless a judge ruled on it. As for the thing that concerned me most, that I might be granting them the right to make money on my art or concepts without notifying or paying me, he said that the agreement could well be interpreted to mean that -- but, again, it's badly worded and thus ambiguous.

Whether DA's legal staff is simply halfassed, or whether the ambiguous wording is a deliberate screw, I can't agree to those terms. I won't give advice on whether others should agree to them; it's really up to you whether you consider it a risk, and if so, whether it's an acceptable one. Because I'm a professional who makes money from his art, it's crucial for me not to grant anyone else the right to sell it, even if it's low odds that they'll actually take advantage of that right.

In light of that, I'll shortly be turning this account into a fanart-fav'ing account. I'll post a link to my new gallery when I have it, and won't be taking down my art here until that's ready.

This is a bummer, but I kinda knew DA was heading for the dark side. They've done a number of other things I didn't like, so I can't say I'm really surprised. To the person who recently bought me a print account: I'm awful sorry I won't be using it (wouldn't have used it anyway, since my studio sells prints), and if you note me with your snailmail address I'll send you a print as a thank-you. ^_^
Now, I could be wrong. I might be misreading it. But it really looks to me like if I click 'agree', that means DA could publish my art in a compilation book and not even tell me, let alone pay me. It really looks to me like they reserve the right to sell my art, my characters, even my name, in any form they can think of, and give me nothing for it. No money, no credit, no control.

It really looks like they're demanding permission to use my work like it's not mine as long as it's on the site.

At the same time, of course, I'm not allowed to use /their/ trademarks, characters, and copyrighted images. Naturally.

I will be passing that document to a lawyer before I consider clicking 'agree'. That means I won't be uploading so much as a scribble until Steve the Punk Rock Shylock has had a look at it. If it means what I think it means, I'll be pulling my gallery.

If I do that, I'll keep this account as a fanart archive and post the occasional journal entry, and there'll be a link to my new gallery. I'll miss the sense of community -- and, of course, all the attention -- but I simply cannot grant DA, or anyone, the right to make money off my pictures without asking my permission and paying me a fair royalty.
I'll be out of town for a week. The studio is taking another trip up to the North Shore. We've never done one of these in winter before. In theory there will be skiing, but knowing us, there'll be a lot more hot-tub-soaking and DnD-playing than down-hill-careening. :D

Hugs all, seeya next week.
I just accidentally erased all my messages. And there was a feeling of relief. Which led me to believe it's time to stop automatically adding back everyone who adds me. My watch list is already unmanageably long. I love seeing people's art, and it's totally not a matter of skill level, I love watching development at every stage. But there's a limit imposed by sheer numbers, and I guess I've hit it.

I'm still faving all fanart, so if you do some and I'm not watching you, drop me a note or a comment to make sure I see it. I guarantee I'll be filled with happies, and do a little thanky dance and grab it for my hoard of faves.

Big hugs to everyone watching, whether I watch back or not. Always feel free to comment. I don't usually reply unless there's a question (or some bit of smartassery pops into my head at random), but I certainly read them all!